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Salt Water Grille

231 Front St., South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 799-5400
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Ranked #17 of 135 restaurants in South Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and Portland skyline. Located next to a marina.Serving lunch & dinner, seafood is the specialty, but other menu items are offered. Great nautical atmosphere, with water views. Outside seating in warm weather, and a function room upstairs for private parties. High quality.
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70% Recommend
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Gorham, Maine
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64 reviews 64 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited Saltwater Grill recently with our son and his fiancé. We had a reservation at 7:00 and were promptly seated. We ate inside, but most of the diners were enjoying the deck. We had a nice window table with a view over Casco Bay of the Portland skyline at sunset. While looking over the menu we ordered calamari to share... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We had lobster cakes to start and then I had the haddock and wife had the baha stew... all was very good. Were a little unsure of the neighborhood driving in, but restaurant was nice inside and out. Beautiful view across water at night.

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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A couple of buddies from out of town were in so I thought I'd take them to what I thought was a sure fire seafood restaurant. I had been to saltwater a couple times before but mostly for lunch and enjoyed myself and the food. We came for dinner and unfortunately did not have the best experience. Our waiter was... More

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Covent Garden
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105 reviews 105 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

You have to speak as you find when reviewing, so here are our thoughts. We dined on a Saturday night and yes the views are amazing, what a great sky in a glorious sunset. Our server Joe was very amiable. The crab starter had run out, which was a little annoying, but the prawns we had instead and our special... More

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Portland, Maine
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Best view of portland hands down. It's a great hidden location that could be so much more! I keep giving it second and third ....even forth chances to change my mind but it's always the same. Best bet is to go for a drink and a cup of the lobster corn chowder and enjoy the patio. But don't go during... More

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Falmouth, Maine
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A birthday celebration brought us back here for our third visit in as many years, but each time, the quality of the food has declined. We had a reservation for the deck (which is why we came to SWG) but it was too cold, so they were serving inside. This place seems to have it all... until the food arrives.... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The Salt Water Grille is on the water at a nice little marina. They offer a function room upstairs (a wedding reception was arriving as we left), a nice dining room and bar, and outdoor deck seating overlooking the marina. We arrived on a quiet Saturday afternoon, and were seated immediately on the outdoor deck. Ice cold bottled water was... More

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Mechanic Falls, Maine
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

So the wife and I visited Salt Water Grille for a wedding reception. We had never been before, but will likely return. The reception was held in a second floor open design space, with a small dance floor and outside porch area. The view out across the marina with Portland reflected in the harbor was very nice. There were self... More

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Falmouth, Maine
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48 reviews 48 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Went for lunch...served until 3 pm and sat out on the water with a beautiful view of the Marina and Portland. Classic shrimp cocktail and fried calamari with balsamic were the perfect food to accompany the spot. Fried calamari is not heavy or greasy. Bring a light sweater/coat if you tend to get chilly from the onshore breeze. What's nice... More

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Norfolk, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Great outdoor deck with a beautiful view of Portland and the harbor. Particularly nice to visit at sunset. Lovely interior as well with seating next to large glass windows that offer a beautiful view. I had haddock with garlic whipped potatoes - excellent. My companion had Margherita pizza - wonderful, but personal-sized. I have visited twice and would go again... More

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